Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

on Aug 19, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera? For women who use Depo as a form of contraception, find out how long it takes to get pregnant after stopping the injections.

Depo-Provera is a popular form of birth control, given in a shot form, once every 3 months. One of the benefits of Depo-Provera is that you only get the injections four times a year, making it much easier to remember than taking a pill every day. Depo-Provera is also usually tolerated very well by patients who can not take oral birth control pills for a number of reasons. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera works by preventing the formation of uterine linings, therefore preventing regular menstruation. While this is a great thing when you are trying to prevent pregnancy, when you decide it is time to start a family, it could cause a few issues. Since Depo-Provera is administered in a shot form once every three months, it’s effects are much more long-lasting than an oral pill. The shot form takes longer to wear off and can stay inside your body for a longer amount of time.

Common side effects

Many women who take Depo-Provera for an extended amount of time stop having periods all together. Since a missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, this can be a real problem for women who are trying to start a family. Depo-Provera can make it very hard to calculate when you will be ovulating, and therefore harder to know when you will get pregnant. The effects of one Depo-Provera shot can last up to eight months after the shot is administered, which is much longer than what most people would think. You will not begin ovulating again until the Depo-Provera shot is fully out of your system.

How long to get pregnant?

After stopping Depo-Provera, it can take an average of four to ten months to get pregnant. It will take up to two years from the date of your last Depo-Provera shot for your chances of getting pregnant to get back to that of a woman who has never had the shot. So, basically, four months after stopping the shot, your chances will start to increase, and it can take up to two years for your chance of getting pregnant to be at the same level as it was pre-Depo. Something to remember is that the amount of time you have been taking the Depo Provera shot does not affect how long it will take you to get pregnant after going off of the shot. If you only have taken one shot, the effects can last as long as someone who has taken the shot for years.

The bottom line

Usually Depo-Provera is a better choice for women who do not wish to become pregnant anytime soon. If you think that you might want to become pregnant soon, the contraceptive pill might be a better choice for you. If you know that you do not want to become pregnant for several years, Depo-Provera is a good choice. Just remember that getting pregnant after going off of the Depo-Provera shot may require some extra patience, since it might take longer than expected.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Bashyra

    I been off depo for 3 months and I had unprotected sex and I had a period for a week then it stopped and I haven’t received any cramping or Anything and I’m scared to take a pregnancy test not sure if I could be pregnant or not

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  • Nessy

    I had a baby 5 months ago and I was on the shot for only 3 months i missed my other one like 2 weeks ago and haven’t gotten it yet I have been having unprotected sex but something is a bit off I started getting dizzy the past two days and I was like that wen I first found out I was pregnant is this possible or am I. Just overthinking

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  • Shanon

    I have been off the depo shot for over a month now. My breast and nipples have been super sore for over 7 days now. Get slight feeling I think is going be my period and it ends up being bad gas and what not… how long will my breast continue to be sore because it is annoying as hell. I have taken Test and they come up negative as well…. but having no period worries me….

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  • Shay

    I been off depo for 9 months that was since February when can I conceive

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  • Fatima Mohamed

    Did you figure out what kit she used?

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  • Nells

    I have been on the depo shot since November last year but I took the last one in May of this year, I have not seen any periods other than a few spotting in between. I have had sex last nite where my partner came inside me…is there a chance I might get pregnant?
    Or is it safer that I take morning after?

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  • veronica

    I was on the depo for 2 two years my last shot was June of 2015 after 2 months I was using the pills to get a period my partner and I was trying to get pregnant I miss my period about 2 months I have taken 8 pregnancy test and they all say negative am wounding if I could be pregnant

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  • Anna

    I gave birth to my daughter in June of 2016, and the hospital told me I couldn’t leave unless I had either the pills or the shot. They encouraged me to get the shot, so I did. I now have month long periods and pimples in my eyelids. I never went back for a 2nd injection. My husband and I want to try for another baby maybe around spring of 2017. Are the effects of this stupid thing going wear off by then, or did we just have our last baby? We’re both in our 30′s and would like to try again before we hit our mid-late 30′s.

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